HA short course pilot for lifelong learners: Berlin and the Berlin Wall

Free short course pilot taking place this summer and autumn

Published: 2nd March 2022

Free short course pilot for lifelong learners

This summer we are pleased to pilot a new short course for lifelong learners at the HA. It won’t be as intense as a course at university, but it will offer more substance and opportunities for discussion than learning about a topic from a Google search. The idea is that we will be using our own collection of resources from across our output to create a short, intensive course centred around a particular subject or theme. Those who sign up to the course can be as involved as they wish, and there are options to take part in live online workshops and lectures as well as accessing recorded information, articles and podcasts. The resources are structured but can be dipped into at any time, so you can work through them at your own pace and convenience.  

The Pilot: A history of Berlin and the Berlin Wall 

What topics will be covered? 

In the twentieth century Berlin became one of the most important cities in Europe. From 1945 until the 1990s it was one of the key pivot points in a new style of Cold War. This course will explore Berlin at the end of the Second World War; the growth of the East vs West tensions as they played out across central Europe; the building of the Wall; the life of Berliners during the Cold War and the political events that led to the destruction of the wall. It will finish with the legacy that the Wall has left in Berlin, Germany and Europe.  

How is the course structured? 

This course is 100% online and can be worked through at your own pace. It includes:

  • An introductory lecture setting out the themes, the resources and concepts for the course 
  • Access to and a guide for using the HA’s curated resource unit 
  • A summer workshop and discussion session 
  • Two closing workshops: one bringing the course to a close through discussion, and one including a guest lecturer who specialises in the topic 

We encourage live participation in these lectures and workshops to make the most of the experience, however all the live events will be recorded and made available to listen to on the resource unit after they have taken place. Please note that you will need HA website login to access the materials. 

If you would like to become a member please click here. If you would like to register for a free basic account please click here.  

When will it take place? 

The pilot will run this summer (June) into autumn (November), and depending on its success we hope to run other courses of a similar format in future.  

How much does it cost? 

Those registering for the pilot will be able to access the course free of charge, in exchange for their help to shape and improve the programme through their feedback. Future courses will also be available for free, however these will be limited to full members of the HA.  

Who can take part? 

Access to the online learning unit and accompanying lectures will be freely available to all those who register, but the course is particularly designed for lifelong learners. It is available to anybody with an interest in the topic who wants to learn more while developing their historical skills, without the pressure of any form of assessment. You do not need any prior knowledge of the topic to take part. 

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.   

Who will be leading the course? 

The pilot course will be led by Paula Kitching, a historian, writer and project manager. Paula specialises in twentieth century conflicts, genocides and cultural history. Paula has written for educational publications, books, museums, and website publication. As a freelancer Paula has advised, initiated and led projects on the Holocaust, 20th century conflicts and minority and ethnic histories.  She has worked for: The Department of Education and Skills; The Royal British Legion; the Historical Association; the London Jewish Cultural Centre; and Believe in Me. She currently works for the Historical Association and The Association of Jewish ex-servicemen and women (AJEX). In February 2019 her book Britain’s Jews and the First World War (Amberley) was published. 

How do I take part? 

To register for the short course, please complete this short form and we will contact you with further details. If you have questions, please contact us.